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Ramon Kassam | Study for a Studio by the Sea (Detail)

 

Green On Red Gallery

Ramon Kassam

Study for a studio by the Sea


April 13th – June 2nd, 2018

Reception: Thursday 12th April, 2018, 6 – 8pm


Park Lane,
Spencer Dock,
Dublin 1
 

Green On Red Gallery is pleased to present Study for a studio by the Sea, the second solo exhibition of new works by Irish artist Ramon Kassam in the Spencer Dock gallery.  In this exhibition of new paintings the artist continues to make works that reflect on the physical, social and art historical conditions of their own creation with inventiveness and humour.  The fiction of the artist grappling with his subject, even his career, in his studio is fleshed out in these ambitious paintings and diptychs.  The canvases are physically and visually layered, at times confusing real space with depicted space in large colourful expanses.

Study for a Studio by the Sea takes its name from one of the central works in the show. The large-scale painting depicts an artist’s desire to actively engage with, fantasise about and shape their environment through studio activity and painting. This work and the other paintings on show are an extension of Kassam’s ongoing project to develop a world in which to cite an artist. As a result, reoccurring themes and motifs related to landscape are present throughout this series of paintings. 

The universe he is creating on the 2D pictorial surface of his canvases are spaces the artist can enter into/onto. This imaginary escape route out of his own studio reality allows Kassam to intuitively indulge his appetite to invent the places, narratives and processes from which his paintings draw. 

Moving between first person and third person points of view and from one painting to the next, scenes and activities simulated in works for this exhibition include:  painting a not-too-distant Nearest Town ( 2018 );  a painting of a distant and desirable destination in Tropical Strokes ( 2018 )and, you could say, a desperate fantasy of the artist to relocate to the coast played out in Study for a Studio by the Sea ( 2018 ).

The aesthetic of these paintings and Kassam’s practice in general is strongly influenced by his enthusiasm for modernist painting languages. The abbreviated content in his compositions can appear flattened or stretched, and emerge from combining hard-edge blocks of form, colour and imagery. In some works canvases are combined and incorporate collage. At times minimal and at times gestural, his paintings can blur in and out of legible imagery and pure abstraction. 

In a gesture that further complicates and extends the dialogue in Study for a studio by the Sea, the exhibition generously includes two additional paintings to Kassam’s own, one each by painters Fiona Burke and Seán Guinan, studio peers and friends of the artist. Both works employ comparable visual languages to Kassam's and make reference to landscape. Presenting them together in his show, Kassam re-casts the paintings as those of his bitter rivals in the painting landscape of his expanding, invented universe. 

As always, the processes and concepts on show are intended to provide multiple readings of the work, but ultimately aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition, and the physical and psychological landscape of the real world.

Special events organised during the run of this exhibition will be announced.

 

For further information please contact Jerome O Drisceoil at +353 872454282 or email Eve Woods atinfo@greenonredgallery.com
 

Gallery Opening Hours
Monday - Tuesday by appointment
Wednesday - Friday 10:00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm

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2116: Forecast of the next century.
 

5 November 2016 - 2 April  2017

 Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, USA.

Artists: Amanda Coogan, Maud Cotter, Gary Coyle, Eleanor Duffin, Damien Flood, Siobhán Hapaska, Ramon Kassam, Sam Keogh, Ruth Lyons, Eoin McHugh, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Mairead O’hEocha, Niamh O’Malley, Darn Thorn, Lee Welch, and the Centre for Genomic Gastronomy.

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http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/exhibitions/2116-forecast-next-century

 

 

 

 

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Ramon Kassam Works


20th May - 2nd July 2016.

Green On Red Gallery

Park Lane
Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.

  New Work , 2016, acrylic, inkjet prints, wood, plastic & staples, 213x180cm

New Work, 2016, acrylic, inkjet prints, wood, plastic & staples, 213x180cm

 

Ramon Kassam Works


Green On Red Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Works,  a solo exhibition of new works by first time exhibitor, Ramon Kassam. Kassam’s paintings combine the thematic of the artist's workspace (canvas, studio and urban environment) with formal and conceptual references to the autonomous reality of modernist abstraction. In his new series of paintings at The Green on Red Gallery, Kassam continues to develop invented narratives that centre around an artist’s supposed activities, environment and viewpoints. The works in this exhibition have a particular focus on the creative output (works) of his hypothetical practitioner.
 
Because Ireland is an island, perhaps there was, or still is, the potential for forms of painting to emerge that are particularly endemic to here, like Ireland as a sort of Galápagos Islands model for painting. Maybe the proliferation of landscape in Irish painting, or the murals in Northern Ireland are cases for that, forms of painting that emerged as a result of our particular conditions. Those forms of Painting could be viewed as an act of repossession, a land grab or reclaiming of territory through the medium. Kassam’s approach in recent work to imagine a semi fictional world to site an artist in, is an ongoing project and an attempt to create his own conditions for the emergence of potential practice and narratives.
 
The paintings in ‘Works’ depict subjects and narratives usually situated in or around an artist’s studio or urban environment. Painting in the third person, Kassam plays out and proposes potential artistic activity that emerges from these worlds. These include an artist designing and displaying a flag for his practice (Study for his flag & A flag for his practice), exhibiting new works (New work), and a depiction of fictional lost work (Slide jpg - lost early work). The aesthetic of these and Kassam’s other work is influenced by the painted fabric of the Irish urban environment and his appreciation for modernist abstracted painterly language. Blocks of colour and form are haphazardly combined to create visual arrangements and narratives. Canvases are often cropped, flipped, glued, and can incorporate various studio materials such as tape, photographs, paper, wood, tacks, etc. These processes and concepts on show are intended to provide multiple readings of the work, but ultimately aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition, and the physical and psychological landscape of Kassam’s real world.

A conversation with the artist in the gallery will be announced in June.

For further information please contact Jerome O Drisceoil
t. +353 87 2454282
e: info@greenonredgallery.com

Gallery Opening Hours
Wednesday 10:00
am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm

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2116: Forecast of the next century.
 

25 March - 3 July 2016 Lewis Glucksman Gallery

Artists: Amanda Coogan, Maud Cotter, Gary Coyle, Eleanor Duffin, Damien Flood, Siobhán Hapaska, Ramon Kassam, Sam Keogh, Ruth Lyons, Eoin McHugh, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Mairead O’hEocha, Niamh O’Malley, Darn Thorn, Lee Welch, and the Centre for Genomic Gastronomy.

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16x16 : Next Generation Award

In a special initiative of the Arts Council and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and in recognition of the role of artists in the events of 1916, artists working across visual arts, music, literature, film, dance, theatre and circus, have been awarded 16 bursaries to support their practice.

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http://www.artscouncil.ie/Ireland2016/next-generation/

 

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Temple Bar Gallery & Studios' Project Studio Residency Award

July 2015 - June 2016

more info here

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Irish Times Review of 'Gallery' at LCGA by Aidan Dunne.

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